THE SUMMER FESTIVAL SEND-OFF

While last year’s calendar suffered from coronavirus-induced cancellations, 2021 will welcome attendees back in person
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Ellen Winter
Published on Aug 25, 2021
THE SUMMER FESTIVAL SEND-OFF AUGUST 25, 2021 FROM FILM AND MUSIC TO FOOD AND WINE, HERE ARE SIX CAN’T-MISS FESTIVALS TO KEEP THE SUMMER FUN GOING THROUGH SEPTEMBER

Autumn in Colorado might be known for its stunning fall colors, but this season also boasts one of the busiest calendars of festivals across the country. Lucky for us, Aspen Snowmass plays host to no shortage of celebrations — from live music and hot air balloons to food and wine.

While last year’s calendar suffered from coronavirus-induced cancellations, 2021 will welcome attendees back in person — most with vaccination requirements and enhanced safety protocols as complications from the delta variant continue to emerge.

From a special September edition of the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen to the epic Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience, here are six can’t-miss festivals to add to your agenda as we bid adieu to another gorgeous summer in paradise.

Note: Due to possible event changes or cancellations due to COVID-19 and the delta variant, please check event websites for the most up-to-date information. State guidance can be found at covid19.colorado.gov.

While last year’s calendar suffered from coronavirus-induced cancellations, 2021 will welcome attendees back in person

Fall Events


(photo: Hal Williams)

CIDERMASS
AUGUST 28
SNOWMASS MALL

In 2018, Snowmass has broken the ski town standard beer festival mold with Cidermass. Since then, Cidermass has celebrated hard cider — the quintessential libation of the season — by welcoming artisan apple mashers from across the country. More than 30 vendors, including Anna’s Cider (Santa Paula, CA) and Big B’s Delicious Orchards (Hotchkiss, CO), will serve up tastings from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the Snowmass Village Mall. Tickets: $55 (advance), $65 (door), gosnowmass.com

(photo: Courtesy Jazz Aspen Snowmass)

JAZZ ASPEN SNOWMASS LABOR DAY EXPERIENCE
SEPTEMBER 3-5
SNOWMASS VILLAGE TOWN PARK

The impressive lineup for this year’s mega-concerts includes Sheryl Crow, Kings of Leon, Gary Clark Jr., Maren Morris and more — with a last-minute swap of Stevie Nicks for Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band. Between acts, catch up with the friends you haven’t seen all summer at the food stands or discover an up-and-coming band on the pair of side stages. And be sure to stay late for the silent disco. Tickets: $166.95 (single day), $359.95 (3-day pass), jazzaspensnowmass.org


(photo: Huge Galdones)

FOOD & WINE CLASSIC IN ASPEN
SEPTEMBER 10-12

The annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is undoubtedly Aspen’s tastiest… and toughest tickets to obtain this year. After the 2020 edition was canceled, tickets for 2021 sold out within days thanks to celebrity headliners ranging from Martha Stewart and Marcus Samuelsson to Guy Fieri and Andrew Zimmern. With all of Aspen consumed with the celebration, there are still plenty of open-to-the-public events to partake in thought the weekend — keep an eye out for announcements about special dinners and soirees at the many restaurants, bars, galleries and hotels throughout the downtown core. Tickets: SOLD OUT, classic.foodandwine.com.

(photo: Jeremy Swanson)

SNOWMASS BALLOON FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 10-12

Now in its 46th year, the Snowmass Balloon Festival will welcome 30 pilots to compete in challenges such as a distance race that covers the whole Roaring Fork Valley. One of the highest-altitude balloon events in the country, the celebration continues after sunset Saturday with an “Evening Glow” on Fanny Hill with colorful balloons lighting up the night sky and local live music. Tickets: Free, gosnowmass.com

(photo: Hal Williams)

SNOWMASS WINE FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 17-18

Experience an incredible afternoon of food, flavors, sights, and sounds at the Snowmass Wine Festival, hosted by the Rotary Club of Snowmass Village. Pouring wine for nearly two decades, the festival features 20 tables of light food from local providers and 35 tables of vendors under the tents at Snowmass Town Park. All proceeds are used for scholarships, local and international grants given through Snowmass Rotary. Tickets: $120 (Friday), $105 (Saturday), snowmasswinefestival.com.

(photo: Hal Williams)

ASPEN FILMFEST
SEPTEMBER 21-26

Established in 1979, Aspen Film is one of Colorado’s most active film arts organizations, presenting dynamic programs and featured guest artists throughout the year. Its flagship showcase returns in-person this year with an exciting mix of award-worthy narrative and documentary features from the international festival circuit. The full program will be announced on Friday, August 27. Tickets: TBA, aspenfilm.org.

Note: Due to possible event changes or cancellations due to COVID-19 and the delta variant, please check event websites for the most up-to-date information. State guidance can be found at covid19.colorado.gov.